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Dive Deeper: Explorations in Faith, Poetry and Culture

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Event date: Thursday 24th November, 10:15am to Friday 25th November, 7:00pm

Location: Loyola Hall, Heythrop College, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN

Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society Annual Conference

Our conference will explore the interconnection between faith, poetry and culture, a central theme of the work of Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, who sadly passed away in November 2015.This conference will include a book launch for the first three Power of the Word publications: Poetry and the Religious Imagination, Poetry and Prayer, and Poetic Revelations.

Provisional programme:

Thursday 24th November

10:00 – 10:30 - Coffee and Welcome Dr Michael Kirwan SJ

10:30 – 11:45 - Michael Paul Gallagher and the Rehabilitation of Wonder Revd Dr Thomas Casey SJ

11:45 – 13:00 - Poetry as Revelation: Secular and Sacred Revd Dr Frank Turner SJ

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 - The Life and Works of Michael Paul Gallagher (Panel session):

Enlarging the Mind: Michael Paul Gallagher and the Imagination Dr Nicolas Steeves SJ 

Fruitful Disagreements: a Challenging Debate About Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal Dr Elena Buia Rutt

Plunging into the Depths: A Catholic Aesthetics of Difference Dr Mark Bosco SJ 

16:00 – 17:00 - Coffee and Musical Interlude with Pianist Simone Alessandro Tavoni

17:00 – 18:00 - 'Heaven in Ordinary, Man Well Dressed': Poetry and the Language of Prayer and Worship Professor David Jasper

Friday 25th November

10:00 – 10:15 - Coffee

10:15 – 11:15 - Translation: A Space of Yearning and Exploration Professor Jean Ward

11:15 – 13:15 -  The Ignatian Tradition and the Modern World (Panel session):

The Uses of Desolation Revd Dr James Hanvey SJ

'Finding God in all Things': How Does That Work, Exactly? Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Women Writing and Rahner's 'Depths of the Heart' Dr Jennifer Reek

13:15 – 14:15 - Lunch

14:15 – 15:30 - Colonus, Athens, Rome: Ways of Dying and Diving Deeper Professor Piero Boitani

15:30 – 15:45 - Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 - Eucharist, the Maria Assumpta Chapel with Gregorian Chant by Heythrop Schola Cantorum

17:00 – 17:30 - Book Launch: The Power of the Word series vols I, II and III Professor Robert Fraser in conversation with the editors. 

17:30 +  Music and drinks



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